Current Affairs of 31 August 2015

1. Rajiv Mehrishi appointed as Union Home secretary
Rajiv Mehrishi, 1978 batch IAS of Rajasthan cadre, was appointed as the Union Home secretary. He will occupy the post for two years with effect from 31 August 2015. He was due to retire on the day of appointment, but was given an extension of two-year.
He succeeded LC Goyal, an IAS officer of 1979 batch of Kerala cadre.
At the time of appointment as the Home Secretary, Mehrishi was holding the post of Finance Secretary. He is the third Home Secretary of the present NDA government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 

2. Union Government launches SAHAJ scheme for online release of new LPG connections
Union Government has launched SAHAJ scheme for online release of new LPG connections for the consumers as parts of its consumer friendly initiative. It was launched by Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan at a function held in New Delhi. 
Key facts 
Under the scheme, people can apply online for new LPG connection and they need not visit to the LPG distributors for it. SAHAJ facility will enable the customers to post online request for a new connection by filing Know Your Customer (KYC) form by uploading bank account details and photographs. 
After submitting the details, customer will receive the registration number to know the new connection status. Later, customer can opt for offline or online mode of payment for the new connection. Once payment is done, electronic subscription voucher will be mailed to the new customer. 
Later distributor will do physical delivery of the Gas cylinder, regulator with hose pipe. Initially, the scheme has been launched in twelve cities across the country. In near future, this scheme will be extended to other parts of the country. 
Twelve cities are Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Chennai, Chandigarh, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Patna, Mumbai and Pune.

3. PM Modi released digitally restored recordings of epic ‘Ramcharitmanas’
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 31 August 2015 released digital recordings of epic Ramcharitmanas, as a set of digital CDs produced by All India Radio (AIR).
Digital recordings of the epic is a part of AIR’s attempt to go digital in a big way so that the public broadcaster can reach audiences globally. 
The recordings of Goswami Tulsidas work, sung by leading singers of Bhopal gharana, have been done by the AIR over several years and are regularly broadcast especially in the Hindi heartland. 
The Ramcharitmanas was composed and recorded for the first time in 1980 at Akashvani Bhopal.

4. Senior Kannada writer Dr.M. M. Kalburgi passes away
Senior Kannada writer Dr. Malleshappa Madivalappa Kalburgi passed away in Dharwad, Karnataka. He was 77. Dr. Kalburgi died after he was shot dead by unidentified persons in his residence in Dharwad. He was scholar of Vachana sahitya (Vachana literature), Kannada epigraphist and academician who had served as the Vice-Chancellor of Kannada University in Hampi.

5. Wipro launches LiVE Workspace
Wipro, has launched Wipro LiVE Workspace, a technology powered by VMware for enterprises. This mobility solution enables enterprises to be digital ready for next-generation end-users, helping them to create a collaborative and mobile workspace, according to a company statement.
The solution also offers predictive and prescriptive analytics to proactively identify, diagnose, resolve and manage critical technology applications and infrastructure problems before end-users experience issues,

6. Ratan Tata invests in Infinite Analytics
Leading industrialist Ratan Tata has invested in Infinite Analytics which will 
help the predictive technology firm scale up operations.
Existing investors in the company like Nikhil Vora of Sixth Sense Ventures and new investors from Silicon Valley as well as India have also participated in this round, Infinite said in a statement.
The company will use these investments to beef up hiring, scale up operations and explore new verticals, it added.
Tata, who is Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons, has made this investment in his personal capacity. The amount invested has not been undisclosed.
Tata has been aggressively investing in startups, ranging from eCommerce firms to cab aggregators. He has invested in companies like Snapdeal, Kaaryah, Urban Ladder, Bluestone, CarDekho, Xiaomi and Ola.
Infinite Analytics counts companies like AirBnB, Comcast, B2W Digital, BabyOye, Croma Retail, eBay, Future Group, Infibeam, NBA, NDTV Retail, Trendin, Tata Marketplace among its clients.
The company was born in an MIT class of Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web. Since its inception in 2012, Infinite Analytics has raised a seed round from various investors across the globe in Australia, Taiwan, India, UK and the US.
It is also backed by Berners—Lee and Deb Roy, Chief Media Scientist at Twitter, who are also advisors in the company.

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